• awareness,  BADD,  disability,  so you had a bad day,  Uncategorized

    >So you had a BADD day

    >I’ve got loads and loads to blog about and I’m definitely going to catch up tomorrow.  But I just wanted to remind people that Blogging Against Disablism Day 2010 is this Saturday.  Please pass the message on and take part if you want to/can.  It’s really important and it’s usually interesting and good fun. Today I was chatting to the hygienist when I went for a double whammy dentist and hygienist appointment back to back thing. She asked what I’d been up to and I said I’d been swimming this morning.  So she was chattering away about how she likes to swim but doesn’t go often, which pool had I…

  • awareness,  BADD,  disability,  Uncategorized

    >Blogging Against Disablism Day 2010 is coming!

    >Blogging Against Disablism Day 2010 (the 5th one! Wow!) will be 1st May 2010. The Goldfish is hosting as usual and details can be found here. I could say something amazing and fantastic and wonderful about BADD and what it is and what we try to do.  But I think The Goldfish has said it all already. So I will just quote this one small bit and send you over to read the rest: Blogging Against Disablism day will be on Saturday, 1st May. This is the day where all around the world, disabled and non-disabled people will blog about their experiences, observations and thoughts about disability discrimination. In this…

  • BADD,  Uncategorized

    >Where you least expect it

    >This isn’t the post I was planning to write for Blogging Against Disablism Day this year.  I may still come back and write that post but I probably won’t (or at least not today). One of the hardest things about being disabled is the fact that you will face disablism on a regular basis.  How regular changes and in some ways its gotten better in recent times.   But it does still happen all too often. Most people however will have places where they go regularly that they know are accessible and set up for them and it just generally works.  You don’t need to work about disability issues there.…

  • BADD,  Uncategorized

    >Blogging Against Disablism Day 2009

    >The 4th Blogging Against Disablism Day will be Friday 1st May 2009.  As always  The Goldfish is hosting and she’s posted the explanation and kick off post at http://www.tinyurl.com/disablism.  I suspect that link will change on the day to redirect to the actual BADD hub but don’t hold me to that. I can’t believe this will be the 4th year we’ve done this.  And equally it’s strange for me to think that all of my BADD posts are on this blog – as the girl who changed her blog about once a year for most of the time I’ve been a blogger the fact this blog has been on this…

  • Attempts at World Domination,  awareness,  BADD,  disability,  Uncategorized

    >BADD 2008 – Links and Thoughts and Such Like

    >Today is Blogging Against Disablism Day. And it’s actually really tough for me to write about those issues today. Disablism is something I face on a (too) regular basis. It sucks. Seriously. But today, for once, I got to be in the majority – I spent the day up at the NEC at a disability information and equipment show called Naidex. It really really rocks. I will write a seperate entry about it as I don’t want to mess it up. I will just say this – being there is like being among “my people” and it’s brilliant. Leaving it all behind was tough but I did it with fond…

  • awareness,  BADD,  disability,  Uncategorized

    >Blogging Against Disablism Day

    >I found my poetry writing mojo after eating a bar of chocolate last night (how I’ve actually managed to lose weight this year is anyones guess) and so this is my offering for BADD. Bloggers uniteLoudly we callOn this day we fightGainst it allGo away disablism. Equality from here on inInclusion, Accessibility, Awareness, Understanding and Belonging are all we hopeNo need to fight is what we dream of. Never understood by the able bodied is what we getGather round and hear my tale of what it’s really like. Always fighting against this stigmaGaining ground slowlyAnger and frustration when it’s lost againIncensed that internationally disablism still persistsNever free to just beShouting…

  • awareness,  BADD,  memes,  sick crip,  Uncategorized

    >BADD – disablism in the medical profession and a lesson from ER

    >This episode of ER was on tonight. The recap I found is incredibly funny (I must find time to read some more of these recaps) and the episode is an incredibly apt one for Blogging Against Disablism Day. I could so so so relate to everything Weaver said about not needing to be fixed, not thinking of herself as handicapped or broken etc. I am what I am. It’s all I ever have been and it’s all I ever will be. And for the most part it’s ok. And then she went on to comment that the surgery she was facing would take away her crutch forever and the to…

  • awareness,  BADD,  memes,  Uncategorized

    >Blogging Against Disablism Day/Monday Memories: Did I Ever Tell You About The Last Time I Interviewed For A Paid Job?

    >In honour of Blogging Against Disablism Day… a Monday Memory of my worst experience of disablism in recent memory. Did I ever tell you about the last time I interviewed for a paid job? When I left university I started looked for paid work. And eventually I applied for an administrative position at the hospital where (with the exception of my years in Stoke at uni) I’ve always been treated for my CP. When I got the letter inviting me for an interview I was very very pleased especially given that I had been turned down for many other positions on the grounds that I had the qualifications (a degree)…

  • BADD,  quotes,  Uncategorized

    >Quotes for Blogging Against Disablism Day

    >Being the quote freak I am I couldn’t resist finding a few [ok, a lot] quotes to post for BADD. I have more that I want to say but there is the small matter of having to go to bed now my pain meds have kicked in and I feel able to sleep. So… quotes for now, a Monday Memory on Disablism and maybe some other stuff later (half have something in mind)… “Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.”— Martina NavratilovaThe proper function of man is to live, not to exist.— Jack LondonSmooth seas do not make skillful…